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Heidi R. Pauwels
HINDI 502
Seattle Campus

Studies in Medieval Avadhi Literature

Introduction to the Avadhi dialect of Hindi and its literature. Readings from Ramcaritmanas of Tulsidas and Padmavat of Muhammad Malik Jayasi. Prerequisite: HINDI 403 or equivalent.

Class description

The primary goal of this class is to provide an introduction to the language and literature of Avadhi, the literary form of Medieval Hindi associated with the Avadh (Oudh) area in Eastern UP. This will be accomplished by a grammar introduction and close reading of selections from a representative literary work in the original language.

In 1998 we will concentrate on the influential Ramcaritmanas by Tulsidas, the so-called "Bible of Hinduism". We will pay attention to its literary, cultural, and historical context, and at the same time take the modern popular perception into account, with reference to the televised Ramayana of Ramanand Sagar which has been immensely influential for modern Hinduism.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and question sessions for grammar introduction Seminar setting with student participation for the reading sessions

Recommended preparation

At least two years of Modern standard Hindi (through Hindi 403) Preferably also Hindi 501

Class assignments and grading

Daily class preparations of readings Final examination Final paper

Class preparation: 25% Final examination: 25 % Paper: 50 %


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Heidi R. Pauwels
Date: 06/10/1998